Mission & Direction
Goshen College, a liberal-arts educational center for the transmission,
enrichment, enlargement and embodiment of the Anabaptist-Mennonite
vision of the church as a community of faith for the work of God in the
world, seeks to develop informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible
A bachelor’s-degree-granting institution sponsored by the Mennonite
Church, Goshen College is open to all students interested in an
educational program which is committed to biblical faith and practice
as revealed and demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
As a ministry of the Mennonite Church, Goshen College intends to enrich
and extend the life of the church and its mission in the world by
transmitting and exploring Christian faith and discipleship; by
relating Christian perspectives and values to learning and professional
life; by encouraging active participation and leadership in
congregations; and by expanding the influence of such ideals as love
and peace, justice and order, stewardship and benevolence.
As a liberal-arts college, Goshen strives to be a community of
educators and students providing a learning environment which fosters
personal, social, intellectual and spiritual growth; which nurtures
those skills, processes, disciplines and methodologies required for
systematic study and problem solving; which provides sufficient
knowledge in one subject area as a base for advanced training or
professional work; which develops an appreciation for and critical
understanding of human experience and cultural variety; which builds
confidence, acceptance and identity necessary for purposeful living in
church and society.
As a center of continuing study and research on issues of importance to
the church and larger society and as a center for continuing education
and public service, Goshen expects to assist Mennonite congregations
and agencies and the community of Elkhart and surrounding counties
through the increase and dissemination of knowledge in research,
writing and publications, by providing life-long educational and
cultural activities, and by encouraging expanded awareness and more
responsible service in the world.
Six Strategic Directions:
- Cultivate a Culture of Hospitality -
Goshen College will become recognized as a campus that is welcoming and
hospitable. The enhancement of our relational culture is
necessary for healthy intellectual, social and spiritual growth. The
leading characteristics of the renewed culture will be trust,
friendship and mutual respect.
- Foster a Participatory Learning Environment -
Goshen College will foster a participatory learning community informed
by the mission and core values with excellence in all areas of teaching
and learning. The result will be an energized learning process, which
utilizes the best pedagogical practices.
- Revitalize Enrollment -
Goshen College will revitalize enrollment in order to serve 1,200
students (headcount, with an FTE of 1,000) in our programs. Increased
enrollment gives us the vitality to compete nationally. We have the
infrastructure needed to serve this level of enrollment. We must engage
this category with all seriousness in order to achieve the other
categories of the plan.
- Interact Intentionally with Constituency -
Engage constituencies by inviting interaction and partnership. Respond
to the critical concerns of communication with our constituencies as
identified in the environmental scan. Our constituencies are a vital
support structure for achieving our mission. We value the input and
ideas of each constituency. Through increased engagement we will
establish Goshen College as a resource that contributes to our
- Strengthen Our Human Resources -
Goshen College will enhance its programs of recruitment, retention and
development of faculty and staff. We will provide support to improve
teaching and service delivery.
- Ensure Operational Excellence -
Goshen College will establish an institutional culture committed to
best practices. In each endeavor of this plan, we will seek models and
method that will keep us fresh and creative. We recognize the need to
learn from the other individuals and institutions beyond our immediate
campus community. We will avoid being insular. We will also
profit by sharing what works for us within our community of learning.